Pre-Game Report: Knicks vs. Grizzlies 1.12.12

New York Knicks (6-4) at Memphis Grizzlies (3-6)

8:00 PM EST, January 12, 2012

FedEx Forum Memphis, TN


Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio

Grizzlies Projected Starting Line-up:

PG: Mike Conley
SG: Tony Allen
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Dante Cunningham
C: Marc Gasol

Key Reserves: O.J. Mayo, Quincy Pondexter, Marreese Speights

The Knicks are riding a winning high right now, they’re 4-0 since starting the season a dismal 2-4. Tonight they visit the Grizzlies on a second of a back to back nights of balling, that’s exactly 5 games in 7 nights for New York. The Knicks age average is 27 so they should be good to go.

The last time the Knicks visited Memphis, Carmelo Anthony put his stamp on New York with his “I Do This” statement after hitting the game-winning jumper over Tony Allen. Last season the Grizz’ were down one of their best players in Rudy Gay, this season they will be without the former Knick Zach Randolph aka “ZBO” due to a MCL tear in his right knee. Memphis has started slowly at 3-6, but their record does not totally tell the story of this squad, they can be a very difficult win for the Knicks.

Rookie Watch:

Knicks – Iman Shumpert is playing wonderful since been giving the starting nod, the Knicks have won their won four straight since he been rocking with the first squad. Josh Harrellson has found his shooting stroke again, he sank 3-5 three’s in yesterday’s win against the Sixers.

Grizzlies – Josh Shelby the Grizz second-round draft pick is hasn’t played much lately, three staright DNP.

History – The last game the Knicks played at the FedEdx Forum Toney Douglas had his career high in assists with 10. Not sure if he can match that tonight, but maybe some other players(Iman Shumpert) might have some new career highs.

Injury Report:

Knicks – Jared Jeffries OUT, Baron Davis OUT

Grizzlies- Zach Randolph OUT, Darrell Arthur OUT, Hamed Haddadi PROBABLE



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